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His Toe Was Amputated in Detention, Free Pastor Jose Armando!!

UPDATE: Pastor Jose Armando was transferred to Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville, Virginia where he is being denied insulin, care on his amputated toe, and food! 

Please Make a call and Sign the petition to Free Pastor Armando!

Call US Attorney's Office - Raleigh @ (919) 856-4530

Call US Marshalls Office - Raleigh @ (919) 856-4153

Sample Script:
“Hi, I’m calling for the release of Pastor Jose Armando (Inmate # 94537) from Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville, Virginia. Pastor Jose Armando's toe was amputated while in federal custody. This is a serious case of medical negligence. Why is he being denied insulin at Piedmont Regional Jail?? Why is he still detained??"

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The Petition

To Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and US Attorney General Eric Holder:

I am writing to call for the immediate release of Pastor Jose Armando Siliezar-Sevilla (Inmate #94537) from Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville, Virginia. He is both a community leader and a religious leader loved and respected in the community. His faith is evident through his work deeply seeded in the communities of Smithfield, Fayetteville, Sanford, Raleigh, Shalotte, Dunn, Ohio, and Georgia where he has founded religious congregations. Pastor Armando is an asset to the state of North Carolina and beyond. Furthermore, his detention has triggered the side effects of diabetes to the point that one of his toes was amputated. Pastor Armando should be released immediately as he is a low priority for deportation and needs immediate medical treatment not detention.

On the morning of June 3rd, Pastor Armando was awaken by loud knocks at his front door. Upon answering the door immigration officials entered his home and told him he was detained because he has an order of deportation. He asked if he could change out of his bath robe so as to not leave his home undressed and they followed him to his room. His wife awoke to two immigration officials standing at the foot of her bed. They took some of his clothes out of a drawer and watched him dress. His wife begged the officials for a moment for them to pray. After a brief but heartfelt prayer, he was handcuffed and escorted out of his home. His 15 year old US citizen son Jozmar watched as his father was torn away from him.

Pastor Armando first came to the United States in 1989 looking for a better life and settled in California. There he worked as a construction worker but the money wasn't enough to pay the bills. Desperate to make ends meet, he became involved in drug dealing. In 1993, he was charged and convicted of drug possession and served time for two and a half years. After completion of his time in state prison, he was deported to Mexico despite being a Honduran National. That same year, Armando returned to the United States with his mind set on a better life based on the word of God. For the past 17 years, Pastor Armando has been a religious mentor and beloved community leader in Benson, North Carolina. In 2003 and 2011, Pastor Armando sought to adjust his status but he was misled. His attorney advised Pastor Armando not to include his criminal background in his applications because 'it was unnecessary'. Pastor Armando did what most clients do: he did not question his attorney. He should not be penalized for his attorney's improper counsel and negligence.

According to DHS guidelines, Pastor Armando is a low priority for deportation and should be granted favorable exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Furthermore, Pastor Armando is sick. He was diagnosed with diabetes while in detention and had an open wound on his foot that got infected. He requires immediate treatment not detention. I urge you to take action and release Pastor Jose Armando Siliezar-Sevilla (Inmate #94537) from Piedmont Regional Jail in Farmville, Virginia.

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